Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday Beer Blogging: Beerinois Edition

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Hey, big beer news for Illinois. Pabst is moving to the state. Suburban Chicago to be more precise.

June 8, 2006 - Pabst Brewing Co. is returning its business headquarters to the Midwest, but not to the city where it began operations in 1844.

Pabst is moving its corporate offices from San Antonio, Texas, to suburban Chicago and the town of Woodridge. The state of Illinois has provided almost $1 million in financial assistance to facilitate the move. The company will spend nearly $2.5 million to lease an office building as well as moving jobs into the area.

"The Midwest has always been home for Pabst Brewing Company, so we are excited to be re-establishing roots in Chicago and Illinois, where we plan to be for years to come," Pabst president Kevin Kotecki said in a statement. "I thank Governor Blagojevich and his team for facilitating this move and for the critical support to bring us here." Kotecki, hired by Pabst last year, already has his home in Illinois.

I honestly didn’t know Pabst brewed so many beers. The Pabst web site even has a graphic illustration of what they sell.

Uhhhh, hmmmmm…Let’s see, Old Milwaukee, Stag, Blatz, Shlitz, Black Label, Pearl…I’m seeing a trend here. Oh yeah, YUCK!

I guess I need to be nice since they’re all Illinois beers now in a way. I will say I have a special place in my heart for Old Style, Stroh's and Olympia because they were favorites in college. So Pabst has that going for them. But other than that -man, what a crap beer hall of fame!

Oh well, I guess I’m just being a snob. Support the home team and pass me a Schmidt.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't dis McSorley's, Ballantine Ale, National Bohemian, or Schmidt's - all excellent East Coast beers (New York, Philly, and Providence, respectively). Ranier isn't too bad, either. In fact, Blatz, while undoubtedly cheap, is really not that bad - the company used to, and still may, make an excellent dark. Further, if you find yourself in Lemont, Illinois, you should go to Tom's Place and drink some draft Blatz - it tastes great in that wonderful, old-fashioned tavern, for some reason

Anonymous said...

Don't dis McSorley's, Ballantine Ale, National Bohemian, or Schmidt's - all excellent East Coast beers (New York, Philly, and Providence, respectively). Ranier isn't too bad, either. In fact, Blatz, while undoubtedly cheap, is really not that bad - the company used to, and still may, make an excellent dark. Further, if you find yourself in Lemont, Illinois, you should go to Tom's Place and drink some draft Blatz - it tastes great in that wonderful, old-fashioned tavern, for some reason

Marie said...

At one time, when people were loyal to their beer, many of those were rock solid working class beers (circa 50's and 60'). Although, I must admit to never having heard of Lone Star (obviously just a marketing ploy in the name, there).